Jorja Smith, at just 20 years old, has had an already remarkable career in a short span of time, culminating last year with an opening spot on Bruno Mars‘ US tour and winning the BRITS Critic’s Choice Award for 2018, the first independent artist ever to do so. She’s killin’ it!
This week, Jorja returns with her first new music offering of the year: “Let Me Down” featuring UK grime artist Stormzy, a deeply moving and personal ballad produced by Ed Thomas and Paul Epworth, the man behind some of Adele‘s and Florence + the Machine‘s very best work.
“But I’ve got you to let me down/ I’ve got you to let me down/ Only you can understand why/ I’ve got you to let me down,” she gorgeously cries out across the sweeping, piano-driven production. An instantly relatable theme, Jorja notes “‘Let Me Down‘ is about meaning very little to someone but being okay with that even though it hurts.”
“A dream of mine is to write a Bond theme tune. When I am writing music I sometimes envision a video playing along side,” Jorja added. “‘Let Me Down‘ sounded quite Bondy and when I was listening to it I imagined it being played in a Bond film but during a scene when James Bond has gone down into an underground, dimly lit, secret bar and he approaches the Bond girl who is sitting at the bar looking very guilty because she’s done something bad and let him down.”
Announced last week, Jorja will be making her Coachella debut this year, followed by a U.S headling tour – see dates below!